With mostly young players, Hereford’s girls basketball team finished its season 15-7 and its Monday-night finale certainly pointed to good things for the future.
The Bulls stayed close before falling 57-49 to No. 4 and Baltimore County champion Milford Mill in the Class 3A North regional quarterfinals. Sometimes playing without a senior on the floor, they showed a vast improvement over their first meeting with the Millers led by a stellar performance from junior Nicole Viscuso.
Viscuso, a 5-foot-11 junior forward-center who had 22 points in the regular-season 61-40 loss, scored a game-high 31 points and pulled down 19 rebounds Monday. Both were well above her season averages of 14.5 points and 10.2 rebounds.
“We had a great team plan and she dominated the inside,” Hereford coach Ellen Fitzkee said. “She played physical with them. She out-quicked them to the ball in the paint rebounding-wise. Some of her points were from passes into the paint, but a lot of them were off the offensive glass.”
Viscuso also went 11-for-14 from the free-throw line. Unfortunately for the visiting Bulls, she was the only one to hit a free throw as the team shot 11-for-21.
“We lost by 21 the first time we played them, but I think at one point in the game we were down 30,” Fitzkee said. “[Wednesday] it was nip-and-tuck the entire time. The halftime score was 24-19. We just stayed with them and continued to battle and battle and battle so that’s why we were so proud of the kids. We’re not a basketball school and they are. We’re athletic so we used our athleticism and Nicole’s athletic.”